Starting from August 2014, I have decided to keep a record of the books that I have read or am currently reading. This list is just for my own personal recollection, but once in a while if I find the book very appealing I may post a review somewhere.

The books which are marked with a ** are the ones that I am either currently reading or have not read completely but plan to do so in the future.


  1. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot, Pan Macmillan, 2011. (review)

  2. Erwin Schrodinger and the Quantum Revolution, John Gribbin, Transworld, 2013.

  3. A masterful spirit: Homi J. Bhaba (1909 - 1966), Indira Chowdhury and Ananya Dasgupta, Penguin India, 2010.

  4. Littlewood's Miscellany, John E. Littlewood and Bela Bollobas, Cambridge University Press, 1986. (review)

  5. Math Bytes: Google Bombs, Chocolate - Covered Pi, and other cool bits of Computing, Tim Chartier, Princeton University Press, 2014. (review)

  6. Feynman, Jim Ottaviani and Leland Myrick, First Second, New York, 2011. (review)

  7. Letters to a Young Scientist, Edward O. Wilson, W. W. Norton and Company, 2013.

  8. Feynman's Rainbow: A search for Beauty in Physics and Life, Leonard Mlodinow, Warner Books, 2003.

  9. Alan M. Turing: Centenary Edition, Sara Turing, Cambridge University Press, 2012.

  10. what if?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, Randall Munroe, John Murray (Publishers), 2014. (mini review)

  11. ** "Most of the Good Stuff": Memories of Richard Feynman, Laurie M. Brown (ed.) and John S. Rigden (ed.), American Institute of Physics, 1993.

  12. The Art of Richard P. Feynman: Images of a Curious Character, Michelle Feynman (ed.), Routledge, 1995.

  13. ** John von Neumann: Selected Letters, Miklos Redei (ed.), American Mathematical Society/London Mathematical Society, 2005.

  14. The Apprenticeship of a Mathematician, Andre Weil, Brikhauser, 1992. (mini review)

  15. Tuva or Bust!: Richard Feynman's Last Journey, Ralph Leighton, W. W. Norton and Company, 1991.

  16. Bourbaki: A Secret Society of Mathematicians, Maurice Mashaal, American Mathematical Society, 2006. (review)

  17. The Polya Picture Album: Encounters of a Mathematician, George Polya (Ed. G. L. Alexanderson), Brikhauser Boston, 1987.

  18. Birth of a Theorem: A Mathematical Adventure, Cedric Villani, The Bodley Head, London, 2015. (review)

  19. Mathematical Apocrypha Redux: More Stories and Anecdotes of Mathematicians and the Mathematical, Steven G. Krantz, Mathematical Association of America, 2005. (short review)

  20. Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein, Mario Livio, Simon and Schuster, 2013. (review)

  21. Mrs. Funnybones: She’s Just Like You and a Lot Like Me, Twinkle Khanna, Penguin India, 2015. (review)

  22. The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation, Jon Gertner, Penguin Press, 2012. (review)

  23. My Search for Ramanujan: How I Learned to Count, Ken Ono and Amir D. Aczel, Springer Switzerland, 2016. (review)

  24. A Mathematician's Lament, Paul Lockhart, Bellevue Literary Press, 2009.

  25. In Other Words, Jhumpa Lahiri, Hamish Hamilton (Penguin), 2016.

  26. Black Holes: The Reith Lectures, Stephen Hawking, Bantam Books, 2016.

  27. Man's Search For Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl, Beacon Press, 2006.

  28. The Difference: when good enough isn't enough, Subir Chowdhury, Portfolio (Penguin), 2017.

  29. The Clothing of Books, Jhumpa Lahiri, Penguin, 2017.

  30. The Mathematics of Love: Patterns, Proofs and the Search for the Ultimate Equation, Hannah Fry, Ted Books, 2015.

  31. Landour Days, Ruskin Bond, Penguin Books, 2016.

  32. The Last Lecture: lessons in living, Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow, Two Roads, 2012.

  33. Roads to Mussoorie, Ruskin Bond, Rupa Publications India, 2013.

  34. Party time in Mussoorie, Ruskin Bond, Rupa Publications India, 2016.

  35. Kohinoor: The Story of the World's Most Infamous Diamond, William Dalrymple and Anita Anand, Juggernaut Books, 2016.

  36. City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi, William Dalrymple, Flamingo, 1994.

  37. The Great Derangement, Amitav Ghosh, Allen Lane (Penguin), 2016.

  38. ** The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks, Picador, 2011.

  39. ** Secret Vienna Stories: Legends, facts and locations for the true explorer, Fabio M. Aromatici, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016.


  1. Half Girlfriend, Chetan Bhagat, Rupa, 2014. (review)

  2. Dead Meat, Ankush Saikia, Penguin India, 2015. (review)

  3. Mightier Than The Sword, Jeffrey Archer, Pan Macmillan, 2015. (review)

  4. All My Friends are Superheroes, Andrew Kaufman, Telegram Books, 2006. (review)

  5. Scion of Ikshvaku, Amish Tripathi, Westland Books, 2015. (review)

  6. Cometh The Hour, Jeffrey Archer, Pan Macmillan, 2016.

  7. All my friends are still dead, Avery Monsen and Jory John, Chronicle Books, 2012.

  8. Jonathan Livingston Seagull: A Story, Richard Bach, Element, 2003.

  9. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, Edwin A. Abbott, Penguin Books, 1998.

  10. The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes, Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.

  11. The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid, Penguin Books, 2007.

  12. Jonathan Livingston Seagull: A Story, The Complete Edition, Richard Bach, Harper Thorsons, 2015.

  13. This was a Man, Jeffrey Archer, Macmillan, 2016.

  14. Remember Death, Ankush Saikia, Penguin India, 2016. (review)

  15. The Vegetarian, Han Kang (Tranlated by Deborah Smith), Portobello Books, 2016.

  16. All my friends are dead, Avery Monsen and Jory John, Chronicle Books, 2010.

  17. Strangers, Omair Tarique, Moments Publications, 2017.

  18. Falling in love again: Stories of Love and Romance, Ruskin Bond, Rupa, 2016.

  19. Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth, Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos H. Papadimitriou (Art by Alecos Papadatos and Annie Di Donna), Bloomsbury, 2009.

  20. The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Om Books International, 2016.

  21. Revelations of an Imperfect Life, Sankhya Samhita, Readomania, 2017.

  22. The Pregnant King, Devdutt Pattanaik, Penguin Books India, 2008.

  23. ** The Old Man and The Sea, Ernest Hemingway, Arrow Books, 2004.

  24. ** The Spy, Paulo Coelho, Vintage, 2016.

  25. ** The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie, Random House, 2008.


  1. Away from Shore, Mary McCormack Deka, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016.

  2. ** The Eve of St Agnes, John Keats, Penguin Books, 2015.

  3. ** Falling Awake, Alice Oswald, Cape Poetry, 2016.

Manjil Saikia

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